Proverbs 16:24- “Pleasant words are a honeycomb. Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."
I've struggled with back pain for over twelve years. Although it has never been debilitating to the point of inactivity, there are times when I have to take time off to rest. A few months ago at a conference, I identified several areas where my spiritual state was affecting my emotional state.
One of the biggest areas I needed to work on was my anger. I was angry with people for circumstances that had occurred in the past, but I never dealt with it. Instead of talking with the person, I allowed negative thoughts to swirl in my head:
Why does she have to be so mean?
Why can't he help me when I ask him to?
Why can't they pick up after themselves?
I never said the words, but I allowed the words travel from my head to my heart, and they were affecting my physical state.
After I let go of my past hurts, my back pain was healed! If I had realized how the negative self-talk and the words I had said to myself were affecting my physical wellbeing, I would have resolved it years ago.
Words don't have to be said out loud to bring healing or sickness to someone's soul. Words we internalize can bring just as much benefit to us as to those we verbalize.
Words are a choice. Choose wisely.